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Mother's Day Gift Ideas

Uncategorized May 05, 2021

There's still time to get mom that heartfelt gift. If you love a mom who loves family history, we’ve got some perfect last minute Mother's Day gift ideas.

Decorative Family Tree

An original piece of art like no other!  Maybe your mom has a family tree, but she doesn't have one...

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Irish Surnames Explained

Uncategorized Mar 19, 2021

32 million U.S. residents claim Irish ancestry. That's over 6X the population of Ireland! So if you are tracing your Irish roots back to the Emerald Isle, you aren't alone. 

And if you are hitting brick walls, you're not alone it that too. Finding records in Ireland can be...

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Finding Your Female Ancestors

We wouldn’t have a family without them but when building your family tree you’ll quickly discover a roadblock.

Where are the women?

Tracing your female ancestors can be frustrating because it’s challenging to find maiden names. Historically women didn't appear in many records...

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Getting Started in Genealogy: Interviewing Relatives

getting started Feb 23, 2021

Welcome back! This week we continue in our Getting Started in Genealogy series.

Step One: Gather What You Know

This is an important step. Gathering and organizing what is known about your family history before you begin your research online will set you up for success. Skip this step and you...

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Why I Love Marriage Records and You Should Too!

records Feb 10, 2021

It's Valentine’s Day and love is in the air. It’s one of my favorite holidays. As a kid, the wedding section was my favorite part of the newspaper, next to the obituary section (obviously a future genealogist).  I was fascinated by the family stories these announcement...

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U.S. Presidents Quick Reference Guide

Uncategorized Jan 22, 2021

There were a lot of presidential facts and figures being thrown around this week. I quickly found myself pulling out my handy Presidents Quick Reference Guide -  a list I started keeping a few years ago of presidents, vice presidents, and eventually first ladies too.

As I updated it...

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Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates Jr. - Season 7 Premieres Tomorrow

television Jan 18, 2021

Today’s most compelling personalities discover the surprising stories buried within their own families in the seventh season of the critically acclaimed PBS series Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. 

The new ten-episode season will premiere on Tuesdays beginning January 19,...

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Martin Luther King Jr.'s Family Tree

Today we celebrate and honor the life of Martin Luther King Jr. Born on Jan 15 1929, he would now be 92 years old. Like many great leaders, his family history greatly shaped his beliefs and his life.

Civil rights leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner, he always considered himself a Baptist...

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Getting Started in Genealogy: Home Sources

Uncategorized Jan 12, 2021

Are you interested in researching your family tree, but don’t know where to start? Feeling overwhelmed by all the genealogy websites out there? Unsure if the people you are finding online are your people? Back away from the computer for a minute.

It’s important that before you start...

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7 Lucky New Year’s Traditions from Around the World

Uncategorized Dec 30, 2020

If you are looking to level-up your luck in the new year, here are some simple and easy traditions from around the world you can try. Because heading into 2021, we need all the good-luck we can get!

1. Serve Up Some Hoppin' Johns
(Southern)

When I lived in the South, my neighbor cooked up this...

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